Grade 4: IslandWood: Community Waters

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Community Waters was developed with funding from Seattle Public Utilities, King County, Boeing and the Department of Ecology through a collaboration between IslandWood and Seattle Public Schools. IslandWood is a 501c3 that creates educational experiences that help students and educators understand their environment and discover the impact they can have on their world and their community. 

This unit is undergoing ongoing edits and updates. The link on this page leads to the version of the unit that was reviewed by the Science Peer Review Panel, but for the latest version and all supporting materials please visit the Community Waters webpage.

Score: 6

Science Discipline: Engineering, Physical Sciences

Length: Unit

Year Reviewed: 2019

Community Waters is a stormwater engineering unit that incorporates physical science standards and the Ambitious Science Teaching framework. Students explore the phenomenon of why flooding happens in Seattle.


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Community Waters

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Science Discipline update
Claim: Science Discipline should be listed as: Earth and Space Science, Engineering
Evidence: Page 6 (see below) of the Community Waters - Teacher Manual
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
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